PATIENT SAFETY: Focusing on JCAHO National Patient Safety Goals

November 2006 
Volume 36  Number 11
Pages 14 - 15
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Richard A. Ridge is corporate director of nursing education at Meridian Health in Neptune, N.J. Web sites last accessed on October 2, 2006.

EACH YEAR the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) publishes new goals and requirements for patient safety based on input from its national accreditation surveys and from a national advisory group. (See How do safety goals take shape? )

In this article, I'll focus on goals, standards, and requirements for hospitals. I'll also give you practical tips for incorporating the safety goals into your nursing practice. Stay current on your organization's policies and procedures and check out the latest patient-safety goals on the JCAHO Web site. 1

Here are the goals and requirements for 2007 with examples of how you can incorporate them into your nursing practice.

What's new for 2007?

These goals and requirements have been added for 2007: ...

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